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This is a product review of the Chandler Heat Gun.
This is an MTH Rail King RDC Budd 2 car add on set (non powered) O gauge (O/027) The markings are Port Authority of Allegheny County, from the Pittsburgh/Monongahela
Price: $45.00 for the locomotive and 3 passenger cars. This old vintage Lionel O-scale steam-powered passenger train was found in a friend's attic along
This is a product review of the Chandler 100 watt glue gun
February, 2020 Issue #5 of Tracks - a free monthly newsletter full of tips, techniques, photos and videos to enhance your enjoyment of model railroading.
Tip from Model Railroad Hobbyist:
Sometimes model pain doesn't want to adhere well to models. To remedy this, you can spray the area you want to paint with an adhesion promoter that you can buy at most auto supply stores. Before it dries, use whatever color spray paint you wish to use. It must be spray paint. You can't paint over it with a brush.
Here is a preview of the topics coming up in the new February Issue of Tracks...
How to Install a DCC Decoder in Any Locomotive
Building Decks to Hide Switch Machines
How to Get Trains to Run More Smoothly
How to Use Natural Materials to Create the Best Scenery
More Pics from the Layouts We Love
Videos of the Month
Upcoming Train Shows and Events
How to make a model railroad control panel with remote turnout switches, accessory switches, turntable controls, etc. for your model railroad layout.
Here are some photos and videos of my BR&S RR - a work in progress, but also a labor of love.
A free monthly newsletter all about model railroading from the author(s) of Building-Your-Model-Railroad.com
Many of the model train supplies that you will need to build your model railroad can be found on this page.
I ran this article on the Blog a few years ago. When I reread it again recently it was still fun to be reminded of this history. So I thought my BYMRR readers might like to see it again...
--> Here is a great article about the history of toy trains and model railroading and why trains are so commonly associated with Christmas...
Here is another article on our series of "Using Technology for Safety in Transportation".
Driver safety is one of the biggest challenges fleet managers face today due to the frequency of road accidents.netradyne.com
How to build an actual working drive-in theater for your model railroad layout.
Have built three N scale layouts, 3 x 4, 4 x 4 and 3 x 6, basically all from scratch. The pics attached are from my 4 x 4 layout and depict an actual
This article is not directly related to model railroading, but it does have to do with real-world safety of transportation workers. I figure any way that we can use technology to make things safer for these and other employees, especially if it's efficient and affordable, should be promoted or at least made discoverable by those in the field where it could be studied and considered.
Tracks - a model railroad newsletter containing new tips, pics and tricks published every month to help model railroaders everywhere to better enjoy the hobby.
How to find and use model railroad decals for a more realistic train layout.
All about sound effects for model railroads, including various sound systems available, and tips on creating your own railroad sound system.
NYBG is ramping up for another great Holiday Train Show. If you live in New York or are visiting there for the Holidays, you must see this! I promise you will be amazed and awe-inspired. The show starts on November 23 this year.
Chuck Davis' Lehigh Valley Model Railroad, Wyoming Division, is every modeler's dream layout - a great inspiration!
Various types of model railroad software are available which may be helpful for developing actual or virtual layouts.
Check out the planned train shows and events scheduled around the Holidays! Find one near you!
This page contains all the ins and outs about building a basic model railroad yard for your train layout.
A digital newsletter containing lots of new or updated tips and information about model railroading
All about how to take great model railroad photos – the best tools and techniques.
BYMRR has undergone some major design changes. But don't worry, the content is all still here. You can find all your favorite pages either from the Navigation Bar on the top or on the left side. Also, you can use the Search Page. I hope you like the new design. Let me know if you have any problem with it.
Survey of the BYMRR website to gain input from viewers on what they would like added or changed to make the site more useful to them.
How to add a model railroad turntable to your train layout
Have you ever noticed how many train songs there are out there? There must be hundreds, if not thousands, in all genres of music. It just goes to show you how much trains and railroads have been part of our lives. Airplanes and ships aren't referred to in songs nearly as much as trains. There is something nostalgic and romantic about trains, sad and happy at the same time - taking lovers away and bringing them home. A great website All About Vinyl Records written by a friend of mine, Danny Sandrik, includes a section about train songs. What a great walk down memory lane it is to hear great musicians play these not-so-old train songs! Check it out...
Train Art: photos, paintings and posters to inspire you as you build your empire.
How to make a model railroad backdrop.
This restored railroad station in Suffolk is now a museum containing a large 2-room model railroad accurately depicting the area and the time when the station was at its peak.
See youtube how i make the big number of fast made nice pine trees. http://youtu.be/-xu9OoMBTyI After some practice i make about 10 in an hour, costing
Your favorite model railroading website has been undergoing major renovations and improvements in recent weeks! Links fixed. Many pages updated. Pages load much faster. And More. If you haven't been here for a while, it might be worth a recheck...
3D printing is a great way to create unique 3D models or parts for your miniature model railroad in any scale.
Describes the basic process of building a website for your model railroad club or to display your own train layout, and what's required to accomplish this.
I am building a baseball stadium with lights. I recently purchased 2 Lionel Pug and Play Double Floodlight Towers (6-82013). I am confused on how to supply
Hi, I purchased HP0587 (https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Evemodel-New-1-87-Model-Train-ho-scale-diy-Universal-Train-Undercarriage-accessories-HP0587-model-building/32824012590.html) from aliexpress. Now, clueless how to fix it to engine chassis as the undercarriage does not have any screw/nut or slot to do this. Please help me on this if someone has got any idea/experience. mailto:email@example.com
Mark sends in this wiring tip...
In the communications world, common practice is to home run everything to a punch block. Run wiring controls to a second block. Cross connect the two as needed. If you make a mistake wiring, fix it at the cross connect point. Works for me!------------------------------
One of my visitors asked about this recently. Clink on the link below and go to the bottom of the page to see my reply.
I would start with 2 regular HO train sets - ...
A good source for homemade backdrops would be Bob Ross' "Joy of Painting" series, available for free (legally!) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxcnsr1R5Ge_fbTu5ajt8DQ------------------------------
This page was inaccessible for a while for some reason, but has now been restored. If you've been looking for information about setting up a signal system for your layout, here it is!
Woodland Scenic has developed an easy method of installing lights on your model railroad. See more about it here..Just Plug Lighting System - A newer easy method of installing lights almost anywhere on your layout.
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I have designed a number of vehicles from the hit BBC show Top Gear and have made them available for purchase on my Shapeways page (https://www.shapeways.com/shops/optimal-inceptions?section=Railroad+Scale+Models&s=0).
I believe your readers would find my models a unique addition to their railroad sets.
John writes in that he hasn't done anything related to model railroading for 30 years. Life does get in the way sometimes unfortunately.
Two questions..1. What to use for a train board. I think the best thing to use is 1/2 inch plywood supported by benchwork about 30-45 inches high depending on your preference of whether you want a bird's-eye point of view or a more horizontal point of view. On top of the plywood, I like to use sheets of extruded foam cut to fit the size of the plywood. You can add several layers of sheets, so that you can dig out valleys and rivers out of the foam. You then have to paint the foam a tan color and then add grass and other foliage. I have found the above method to be the best for me after building four fairly large layouts. There are many other ways to approach this however. Check out the Benchwork page on this site to learn more.
2. Should I use analog or DCC? I personally like DCC, because you can operate the trains individually, whereas with analog wiring, when you turn the power on, all the trains move – unless you have multiple blocked off sections. The wiring is more cumbersome with analog, but DCC is more expensive. I think DCC is much more realistic as far as operation of the railroad is concerned and it is easier for one person to operate several trains at one time.
This is just my opinion. There are many others who like analog better because they don't have to mess around putting decoders in all of their locomotives, or sending the locos off to have someone else do it for you. Learn more on the Wiring and DCC sections of this website.
Thanks for writing and good luck on your resurgent interest in model railroading. It's the greatest hobby in the world!
A fantastic idea for a small model railroad layout in N scale
Will the atlas selector#215 and controller #220 work on EZ track? Please Respond. I'm having a heck of a time trying to find something to wire up my switch turn outs....
[I'm not sure. I don't have any first hand experience with that, but I don't know why not. If anyone has done this before, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add it here. - Ed]
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